Women who slashed face of beauty queen admit guilt
It was a quiet evening on a residential street in Banning in July 2008 when jealousy and rage boiled over, prosecutors said.
The four women wrongly believed one of their husband’s flirtatious remarks toward Shanice Wilson -- the 2005 Peach Queen and a former varsity cheerleader -- were signs of something more.
"There was lot of jealousy. The defendants and victim didn't get along. They believed one of their husbands was flirting with the victim," said Maureen Dumouchel, a Riverside County deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case.
The attack began when Erica Michele Bastidas, 24, began screaming at Wilson, her neighbor, then dragged her into the street, Dumouchel said.
Within minutes, Bastidas' friends had joined in on the attack, authorities said. Three women held Wilson down. A fourth, Azia Aldred, yelled, "Remember me when you look in the mirror," then slashed Wilson across the face, head and back with a carpet cutter, Dumouchel said. Wilson's wounds required plastic surgery.
"It was an unprovoked and brutal attack," Dumouchel said.
The women fled, leaving Wilson bleeding alone in the street. Aldred later surrendered; others tried to hide. Within days, all were captured.
Aldred, 27, pleaded guilty this week to felony mayhem and felony assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm. She faces a 12-year sentence next month. All four women struck a deal on the eve of trial, with prosecutors agreeing to drop an aggravated mayhem charge that could have resulted in a life sentence.
Bastidas, whose husband allegedly flirted with the victim, was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Two other defendants, Arian Atkins, 21, and Labrea Steward, 30, pleaded guilty to several felony assault counts and were each were sentenced to six years in prison. All have already served three years.
Bastidas’ husband, Clarence Dunahoo, was also arrested and later pleaded guilty to a felony accessory charge. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: From left, Erica Michele Bastidas, Azia Aldred, Arian Atkins and Labrea Steward. Credit: Banning Police Department